The creation of a vibrant cultural and educational precinct in the Newcastle central business district is one step closer, with Newcastle City Council and the University of Newcastle inviting the private sector to get on board.
This weekend Newcastle City Council and the University of Newcastle will advertise nation wide to seek industry proposals for the redevelopment of prominent Council owned sites located within the Newcastle Civic and Cultural Precinct.
General Manager Janet Dore says the project presents an exciting opportunity for the private sector to partner with Council and the University to help shape the cultural identity, cultural expression and civic life of Newcastle.
"Our aim is to concentrate a range of cultural experiences within a central, easily accessible location. Both Council and the University are committed to a revitalised and thriving CBD through the development of world class civic, cultural and educational facilities."
The Civic and Cultural Precinct includes key facilities as the Newcastle Region Art Gallery, School of Drama, Fine Art and Music (including the Conservatorium), University House, Council's Central Administration Building, City Hall, Civic Theatre, Newcastle Region Library, Wheeler Place, Civic Station and the waterfront.
Council has a number of suitable sites within the precinct available for development. The University will consider alternate site options, within close proximity to the Newcastle Civic Centre, that address its needs and are commercially competitive.
University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Professor Nicholas Saunders says a vibrant city centre hinges on a strong cultural and educational presence.
"The University is working with the Newcastle City Council to look at a range of options to expand our facilities and offerings in the city precinct. Seeking industry development proposals is an important early milestone in our long term vision of growing our city campus and playing a key role in reinvigorating our CBD."
A market sounding brief has been prepared which identifies the opportunity for significant private sector participation in the design, construction, financing, ownership and maintenance of facilities and services within the precinct.
A national advertisement campaign will start on Saturday 10 November.
For interviews with Professor Saunders contact Kate Robinson.